Calls for proposals for Horizon Europe 2023 are open! EPSO encourages its members to apply, especially to calls under the European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) of Pillar I (Excellent Science), and Cluster 6 ‘Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment’ of Pillar II (Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness).

EPSO published its updated EPSO briefing on Horizon Europe Work Programmes 2023-24 on the Members’ only Website* on 22.12.2022. It contains all the information plant scientists need in one document. It also provides additional researched information, useful tips and available final call texts published by the European Commission for 2023/24.

*Access to the Members’ only Website is restricted to EPSO active Members (not sleeping members, not external Personal Members) – please contact Sofia to get access.

Work Programmes covered in the briefing and open/opening for submission are:

Excellent Science

  • MSCA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action 2023-24
    • MSCA-SE-2023: opening on 5.10.2023, closing 28.2.2024
    • MSCA-SE-2024: opening on 10.10.2024, closing 5.3.2025
    • MSCA-COFUND-2023: opening on 10.10.2023, closing 8.2.2024
    • MSCA-COFUND-2024: opening on 8.10.2024, closing 6.2.2025
    • MSCA-PF-2023: opening on 12.4.2023, closing on 13.9.2023
    • MSCA-PF-2024: opening on 10.4.2024, closing on 11.9.2024
    • MSCA-DN-2023: opening on 30.5.2023, closing on 28.11.2023
    • MSCA-DN-2024: opening on 29.5.2024, closing on 27.11.2024

Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness – Thematic clusters

Missions

Innovative Europe

Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area 2023-2024

Further Work Programmes are available on the Funding & Tenders portal

Wishing you success with your proposals

Karin Metzlaff, John Fitzgibbon and Odd Arne Rognli

Contact: Karin Metzlaff

Yesterday afternoon’s official publication contains the WPs for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Research Infrastructures; Clusters 1-6; Missions; the European Innovation Ecosystems, and widening participation and strengthening the ERA.

The published Horizon Europe Work Programmes 2023-24 are the legally binding versions replacing the pre-published versions released last week. Horizon Europe Work Programme & call documents

Cluster 6 – most relevant to EPSO members – has a budget of c. €1.92 billion for 2023-24: Please find the Work Programme 2023-24 of cluster 6 (food, bioeconomy, agriculture etc.)

Depending on the call, single or two-stage application procedures are foreseen. The opening and closing dates of the 2023 calls are as follows:

  • opening 22 December 2022, deadline depending on the call 23 March, 28 March or 12 April 2023
  •  2nd deadline for two-stage procedures 26 September 2023

In some Cluster 6 calls for proposals, the “blind evaluation pilot” is implemented as part of a two-stage application procedure. Applicants submitting a pre-proposal for the topics marked in this way are not permitted to include the names, acronyms, logos, etc. of their institutions or names of persons involved in the proposal in part B. Details on the pilot can be found in the General Annexes to the work programme (parts E and F).

For 2023/2024, a larger share of the topics in the thematic clusters will be advertised with lump-sum funding for the first time and for which special conditions apply, including a higher page limit for proposals.

We strongly advise you to register for the cluster 6 EC information days on 13-14 December 2022.

Applications must be submitted via the Funding and Tenders portal for which prior registration is necessary.

The ERC WP 2023 was published in July: The ERC announced its Work Programme 2023 – around €2.2 billion supporting over a thousand top researchers across Europe. Calls have already opened and there are rolling deadlines.

EPSO will now update its Horizon Europe Briefing for our members which will be available in the coming weeks. Until then please use the hints in our Briefing for the 2021-22 WP on the Members’ only website.

Wishing you every success with your proposals,

Karin Metzlaff

Contacts:

Karin Metzlaff, EPSO

John Fitzgibbon, EPSO

In the submission to the DG SANTE public consultation on plants produced by NGTs, EPSO reiterated previous positions and pointed out that:

  • In relation to NGTs, the current biosafety legislation is no longer fit for purpose and needs adaptation to scientific and technological progress.
  • Since there is no difference between mutations produced using NGTs and classical mutagenesis, the same level of biosafety precautions should be applied.
  • Sustainability should be managed on a system-level and not be used as a criterion solely and explicitly for NGT authorisation.

Read details in the full EPSO statement – the EPSO submission to the DG SANTE public consultation on the impact assessment of policy options regarding the legislation for plants produced by certain new genomic techniques (NGTs).

EPSO statement EC impact assessment of policy options on certain new genomic techniques, 2.12.2022

EPSO submission to the EC consultation towards impact assessment of policy options on certain NGTs, 21.7.2022 [EC LINK consultation].

EC: consultation towards the impact assessment of policy options on certain new genomic techniques (NGTs), 29.4.2022 EC LINK consultation.

Contacts:

Jens Sundström & Alan Schulman, EPSO Chairs WG Agricultural Technologies

Karin Metzlaff, EPSO Executive Director

The 18th Europe-wide seminar of the series supported by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and aimed at the Plant Science community and its stakeholders.

TTT: The seminar will be held online each third Thursday of the month at three (CET). 

On 15th December 2022 at 15:00 (CET) we will present two talks exploring “Remote sensing for increased agricultural sustainability”.

Professor Jose Jimenez Berni, Institute of Agricultural Sustainability, Spain: “Crop management tools based on emerging remote and proximal sensing technologies”

 

 

 

Dr Jean-Pierre Cohan, Arvalis, France: Sensors-based phenotyping to boost R&D processes in genetics and agronomy

 

 

 

The seminars will be hosted on Zoom and last approximately 1.5 hours. Numbers will be limited to 300 attendees and therefore please register early if you would like to join. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and join the debate. So please join us to support this new and exciting initiative for European Plant Science by following this link just prior to the start of the seminar.

EPSO members register in advance for this meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvf-2vrjgjGtUGh03VXYT3eUq3fcxKwszE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In the coming months we will be on the lookout for talented plant scientists among the EPSO membership to present their findings and perspectives to the EPSO seminar series. If we approach you to talk, we hope you will be happy to support the initiative. This is a fantastic opportunity for both eminent world leaders and talented up-and-coming early career researchers to present their research to an international audience and to network with potential collaborators. If you wish to suggest a theme for one of the spring seminars and / or nominate yourself or one of your colleagues to give a seminar, we most welcome your suggestions. Please contact Tim George ([email protected]) to provide your name and potential talk title.

We look forward to seeing you all for the 18th EPSO seminar on the 15th December 2022.

Tim George, Alan Schulman and Marie-Theres Hauser

EPSO Plant Science Seminar Series Organising Committee 

Click here to read: Full EPSO news item

Contacts:

Tim George, Hutton / UK & EPSO Board

Alan Schulman, LUKE / FI & EPSO President

Marie-Theres Hauser BOKU / AT & EPSO Board

The pre-publication contains the WPs for Marie Curie (MSCA), Research Infrastructure; Clusters 1-2 and 4-6; Missions; and the European Innovation Ecosystems.

The pre-published Horizon Europe Work Programmes 2023-24 are made public before the adoption of the work programme to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of this work programme. Only the adopted work programme will have legal value. ….”  Horizon Europe Work Programmes homepage

Cluster 6 – most relevant to EPSO members: Please find the Work Programme 2023-24 of cluster 6 (food, bioeconomy, agriculture etc.)

We suggest you register for the cluster 6 EC information days on 13-14 December 2022

The ERC WP 2023 was published in July: The ERC announced its Work Programme 2023 – around €2.2 billion supporting over a thousand top researchers across Europe. Call openings and deadlines – start preparing your proposals, 12.7.2022

EPSO will now update its Horizon Europe Briefing for our members which will be available in the coming weeks. Until then please use the hints in our Briefing for the 2021-22 WP on the Members’ only website.

Wishing you every success with your proposals,

Karin Metzlaff

Contacts:

Karin Metzlaff, EPSO

John Fitzgibbon, EPSO

EPSO is pleased to announce the publication of its 56th newsletter. The shorter public version of the Newsletter is available here. Please log in as a member and read the full version available in the members’ only section. The next edition of the EPSO newsletter will be spring 2023. Please send us your articles by early March. Happy reading!

Content of the full version

Editorial

  • Our editorial article focuses on EPSO’s important role at European level of providing science advice to policymakers and how this is different from the lobbying activities performed by many Brussels based intermediary organisations. EPSO’s mission is to share the conclusions of plant science rather than lobby for a particular commercial objective.

EPSO activities

  • EPSO reports on its annual General Meeting held last June in Bordeaux.
  • The successful monthly EPSO Plant Science Seminar series is back after the summer break with a range of interesting topics providing a platform for experienced and talented young plant scientists to showcase their research.
  • EPSO’s Working Groups report back on their activities over the past six months and what is in the pipeline for the coming months.
  • As an official observer in the SusCrop ERA-Net, we report on the exciting SusCrop video contest offering a range of prizes of up to €1,000 in each of four categories on ‘What sustainable crop production means to you?’
  • As the Fascination of Plants Day 2022 draws to a close, we profile just a few of the many examples that make this unique event a truly global affair.

Members’ news

  • Good progress has been made on the Horizon 2020 InnCoCells project on cosmetic ingredients from sustainable plant sources.
  • The CHIC project held a series of final events in Rome to round off the successful five-year Horizon 2020 project on New Plant Breeding Technologies using chicory for example in the development of water-soluble fibre for food products.
  • Find out about the James Hutton Institute’s Root2Res and nitrogen fixing projects
  • Wageningen Plant Sciences has a new General Director
  • CRAG profiles its work on melon fruit ripening using genome editing and its study on the self-sufficiency of the female organ in plants
  • New project launches include Forschungszentrum Julich’s HortiPrimed project and the Econutri project by the Agricultural University of Athens
  • ETH-Zurich reports on interactions between root architecture and anatomy, and beneficial microbial associations
  • A new Master course opens in Plant and Microbial Molecular Biology at the University Paris-Saclay
  • An SLU academic wins the Bertebos Prize

National, European and global funding

  • National Research Funding Opportunities in Portugal
  • The 2023-24 Horizon Europe Work Programme is anticipated any time soon
  • EPSO hosted a webinar on the Life programme with Executive Agency CINEA

Career opportunities and upcoming events

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